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The robin and the wren

Last week (January 9, 2019), our hero was Robin Hood, and I promised to write something about the bird robin. For some reason, in oral tradition, the robin is often connected with the wren. In Surrey (a county bordering London), and not only there, people used to say: “The robin and the wren are God’s cock and hen” (as though the wren were the female of the robin, but then the wren is indeed Jenny). In Wales, the wren is also considered sacred. This association with God (note also: the wren is O...
Tags: Books, England, London, Wales, Robin Hood, Ireland, Normandy, Surrey, Shakespeare, Vikings, Vanity Fair, Robin, Robert, St Stephen, Jenny, Lady Macbeth


The tortures of adapting Samuel Richardson’s ‘Pamela’

The term “bestseller” is a bit of a stretch for the eighteenth century, when books were expensive (though widely shared), and information about print-runs is hard to come by. But if any early novel deserves the title, it’s Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, which on publication in 1740 rapidly caught the imagination of Britain, Europe, and indeed America (the Philadelphia printing by Benjamin Franklin was the first unabridged American edition of any novel).The author of this innovative novel was a lead...
Tags: Books, London, Featured, Theatre, America, Paris, Adaptation, Literature, Philadelphia, National Theatre, Dublin, Benjamin Franklin, Richard III, Cate Blanchett, OWC, Carlo Goldoni


New Year, New Room: Enter to Win More Than $3,000 Toward a Room Refresh

New year, new you room. To jumpstart your New Year’s home refresh, we’ve partnered with our friends at Rejuvenation, Fireclay Tile, and Malin + Goetz  for the New Year, New Room sweepstakes to give away a prize package worth more than $3,000 that will help you achieve your home resolutions. To enter, visit the New Year, New Room sweepstakes page and enter your email address by Tuesday, January 29, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Above: Refresh your bathroom in the new year with a prize package from Firecl...
Tags: Books, London, Hardware, Lighting, Tiles, Bathrooms, Sonoma County, Malin Goetz, Fireclay, Giveaways & Contests, Kitchen & Bath Tile, Bathroom Accessories, High Road House, Katie Jameson, Hudson Valley Artist, Rejuvenation Fireclay Tile


Enter to Win Over $3,000 Towards a Room Refresh

New year, new you room. To jumpstart your new year’s home refresh, we’ve partnered with our friends at Rejuvenation, Fireclay Tile, and Malin + Goetz  for the New Year, New Room sweepstakes to give away a prize package worth over $3,000 that will help you achieve your home resolutions. To enter, visit the New Year, New Room sweepstakes page and enter your email address by Tuesday, January 29, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Above: Refresh your bathroom in the new year with a prize package from Fireclay Ti...
Tags: Books, London, Hardware, Lighting, Tiles, Bathrooms, Sonoma County, Malin Goetz, Fireclay, Fireclay Tile, Giveaways & Contests, Kitchen & Bath Tile, Bathroom Accessories, High Road House, Katie Jameson, Hudson Valley Artist


Steal This Look: A Grand Scale Double-Height Kitchen in Brooklyn

In an 1850s brick townhouse in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood, serial renovators Jean Lee and Tzu-Wei Lee called on architect Elizabeth Roberts to rethink the building, which had been divided intwo four apartments, as one. The biggest change? A three-story addition to the back of the building which now houses the fully custom double-height kitchen. The 1,200-square-foot space is inspired by modern Shaker design with an almost Seventies style twist. That’s thanks to beadboard-paneled cabinet...
Tags: Amazon, Books, UK, New York, London, Etsy, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Appliances, Vermont, White, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Roberts, Elizabeth Roberts, Cobble Hill, Arne Jacobsen


‘Mamma Mia’ Music Producer Nick Gilpin’s Stylishly Revived Georgian Manse

If houses could talk this one might say, “Mamma mia, here we go again.” It sits at the center of a crescent of Georgian dwellings that overlook the historic English city of Bath: Jane Austen would take long walks here for the rarefied air and the views. Used as University of Bath housing for the last 60 years, the building required a tag team of professionals to convert it back to a single family manse. Architect Jonathan Rhind stepped up to the task of removing the institutional additions and r...
Tags: Books, London, France, Britain, Jane Austen, Cornwall, Jack, Mia, Blenheim Palace, NICK, Islington, University Of Bath, Mamma Mia, Jonathan, Howe, Harding


Short Fiction Oppenheim, E Phillips: Advice Limited (1936), v1

Clara, Baroness Linz, a young Englishwoman lately widowed by the death of her Austrian aristocrat husband, sets up in London as ADVICE LIMITED, resolving family and other difficulties. Eleven cases. 1: Thirty-Nine Wooden Boxes 2: An Olympian Debacle 3: Broken Engagements 4: Too Many Dukes 5: The Ritz Hotel Conference 6: Between The 8th Green And The 9th Tee 7: Help For Mr. Goldman 8: The Lonely Man 9: A Family Misunderstanding 10: The Listening Lady 11: A Gift From The Gods ...
Tags: Books, London, ePub Books, Goldman, Phillips Oppenheim, Oppenheim E Phillips, Clara Baroness Linz


‘Mama Mia’ Music Producer Nick Gilpin’s Stylishly Revived Georgian Manse

If houses could talk this one might say, “Mamma mia, here we go again.” It sits at the center of a crescent of Georgian dwellings that overlook the historic English city of Bath: Jane Austen would take long walks here for the rarefied air and the views. Used as University of Bath housing for the last 60 years, the building required a tag team of professionals to convert it back to a single family manse. Architect Jonathan Rhind stepped up to the task of removing the institutional additions and r...
Tags: Books, London, France, Britain, Jane Austen, Cornwall, Jack, Mia, Blenheim Palace, NICK, Islington, University Of Bath, Mamma Mia, Jonathan, Howe, Harding


What to Read in This Week’s Glitterati Issue

In this week’s Glitterati issue, we’re looking towards all that glitters: luxe fittings, sumptuous sofas, and practical objects with an air of elegance. Here are five reasons to check back: Above: This photos is a throwback outtake from Rehab Diary, Part 3: A Small House Overhaul in London, the Big Reveal, in which we chronicled a young couple’s house project, start to finish. (See also parts one, two, and four.) Photograph by Jonathan Gooch for Remodelista. In this week’s 10 Easy Pieces:...
Tags: Books, London, Poland, Table Of Contents, Julie, Jonathan Gooch, Eclectica


Short Fiction Oppenheim, E Phillips: A Pulpit in the Grill Room (1938); v1

Ten short stories set in the grill room of the Milan Hotel in London. The first nine stories in this collection were "syndicated", and published during the 1930s in British, American, Australian and other magazines. The tenth story was probably written specifically to complete this book collection, and was not published in a magazine until as late as 1967. A sequel, "The Milan Grill Room", was published in 1940. The two books star Louis, the disabled Maitre d', and Charles Lyson, ex-intellige...
Tags: Books, Milan, London, Kindle Books, Louis, Julie, Elstree, Rough House, Phillips Oppenheim, Oppenheim E Phillips, Milan Hotel, Maitre, Charles Lyson, Milan Grill Room, Grill Room E Phillips Oppenheim, KB A Pulpit


Short Fiction Oppenheim, E Phillips: The Milan Grill Room (1940), v1

Ten short stories set in the grill room of the Milan Hotel in London. The second of two books starring Louis, the disabled Maitre d', and Charles Lyson, ex-intelligence agent and now freelance journalist. 1: Marie Louise Will Be There 2: The Kidnapping of Mr. Peter Jardine 3: The Calais Gun 4: The Third Key 5: The Shadow Man 6: £100,000 Risk 7: The Knaves' Messenger 8: A Broken Sabbath 9: The Man in the Grey Suede Gloves 10: Mrs. Masters and Her Playboy ...
Tags: Books, London, ePub Books, Phillips, Louis, Marie Louise, Oppenheim, Milan Hotel, Maitre, Charles Lyson, Peter Jardine, Milan Grill Room E Phillips Oppenheim


Short Fiction Oppenheim, E. Phillips: Jennerton and Co Ltd (1929); v1

Jennerton and his son form Jennerton and Co, Ltd, a private detection agency in London. Ten stories of their adventures. 1: Three Birds with One Stone 2: Judgment Postponed 3: The Tax Collector 4: The Lion’s Den 5: The Yankeedoodle Kid 6: Waiting for Tonks 7: Numbers One and Seven 8: Tawsitter’s Millions 9: The Man with Two Bags 10: The Great Bear Attached Files Jennerton and Co, Ltd - E Phillips Oppenheim.epub (356.7 KB)
Tags: Books, London, ePub Books, Co Ltd, Oppenheim E Phillips, Jennerton and Co Ltd, Jennerton, Tawsitter


The Gown

London, 1947. Ann Hughes works as an embroiderer in the famous London atelier of Hartnell, helping make gowns worn by the Queen and her daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. There she meets and befriends Miriam Dassin, a young French Jew looking for a fresh start after barely surviving the war. Although of course World War […]
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, Historical, Elizabeth, Margaret, Hartnell, Ann Hughes, Princesses Elizabeth, Miriam Dassin


These Were the Most Popular Posts on Our Sites This Week

Every Friday we’ll be taking a look back at the most popular posts of the week across Remodelista, Gardenista, and The Organized Home. Here’s what’s currently trending. Remodelista Above: A tour of antiques dealer John Burden’s family retreat on Shelter Island was the most-read story of the week on Remodelista. Take the full tour in Farmhouse Refresh: An Antiques Dealer’s Clean and Simple Family Retreat on Shelter Island. Styling by Hilary Robertson; photograph by Dana Gallagher. More of...
Tags: Books, London, Olive Garden, Shelter Island, Christopher Howe, Design News, Ways to Save Money, Trending on Gardenista, Gardenista, Indoor/Outdoor Living, Hilary Robertson, Dana Gallagher, Outdoor & Gardens, Trending on The Organized Home, Remodelista Gardenista, John Burden


Jolene in London: 7 Simple, Budget Ideas to Steal from the Year’s Most Beautiful Bakery

The oldest surviving terraced houses in England were built in 1658, and they stand at 52-55 Newington Green, in a neighborhood that borders Hackney and Islington. Across the historic green, at number 22, is Jolene, a bakery, restaurant, and wine bar opened in September by David Gingell and Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim—the pair behind two of north London’s favorite neighborhood restaurants, Primeur and Westerns Laundry. Both of the previous sites are in unexpected locations: Primeur is in a convert...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, New York, London, Ebay, Restaurants, David, Dolly Parton, Tokyo, Hackney, Islington, Gascony, Jolene, Design Travel, Restaurant Visit


Get cozy this season with these 7 hot vegan drinks for winter

Thoughts of snowy winter days bring to mind a toasty fire, slippers, sweaters, blankets and warm drinks. It makes sense, because they all equate to the perfect combination of coziness. While traditional tea or coffee is a lovely choice, it’s fun to explore new flavors. For those that are vegan by choice or by circumstance, traditional drinks can be limiting. We’ve conjured up a varied blend of hot drink options to fit your vegan lifestyle. Note that most of these options can also be adapted for...
Tags: Coffee, Tea, Cooking, Drinks, Design, London, Winter, Features, Recipe, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian, Eat & Drink, Medjool, Cider Apple


Steal This Look: A Botanical Stylist’s Creative Kitchen Remodel in London

Leave it to a botanical stylist to come up with a kitchen like this one: serene and bright, with an installation of dried and living botanical displays. It’s the kitchen of Yasuyo Harvey, who got her start in London working with designer Faye Toogood. Yasuyo and her husband, Phil, remodeled the kitchen of their 1930s house in Worcester Park with the help of friend Ryuta Hirayama, who works with architects Jonathan Tuckey Design. The plans included an extension, custom maple plywood cabinetry, an...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Japan, New York, London, France, Brooklyn, Italy, Belgium, Japanese, Falcon, Benjamin Moore, Botanical Art, Kitchens, Modern House, Phil


Off the chart: the big comeback of paper maps

As Stanfords travel bookshop moves into new London premises after 118 years, its cartographer explains how the ability to tailor-make any map is keeping their magic aliveWhen I was living in Yemen during the 1980s, someone gave me a battered old map. Information was scarce then, and accurate maps were extremely hard to come by. So departing expatriates tended to pass on any treasures to new arrivals. As he did so, my benefactor paused. “Be careful,” he said, “You don’t want to get caught with th...
Tags: Travel, Books, Maps, Technology, London, Travel websites, Yemen, Adventure Travel, Mapping technologies, London Martin, Martin Greenaway, Long Acre, Mercer Walk


Action Barr, Robert: Young Lord Stranleigh (1908), v1

Some very sharp City of London operators think that rich Lord Stranleigh, a Bertie Woosterish West End fashion plate, is an easy mark to make some money. There is a potential gold mine in Africa, for example; a dilapidated but workable cargo steamer The Rajah, to haul the gold ore back to England. What more is needed? An entertaining yarn of dealing, double dealing and even triple dealing, and young Lord Stranleigh is by no means as big a mug as he looks. ...
Tags: Books, England, London, Africa, ePub Books, Barr Robert, Stranleigh, Lord Stranleigh, Stranleigh Robert Barr


New Leaf Vote for February 2019 • Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets

Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in February 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, UK, England, New York, London, Patricia Highsmith, Australia, China, Germany, India, US, Frankfurt, Britain, Italy


Editor’s Choice for Best of Year 2018: Simple, Sleek, Surreal

It’s fair to say 2018 was marked by uncertainty—politically, socially, and morally. Designers and architects responded to modern life with varied antidotes. Some returned to simplicity. Others got sleek. And then there were those brave few that sought refuge in the strange. 1. Silq by Steelcase Silq is the first of the Simple designs I loved this past year. A wonderful alternative to ever-adjustable ergonomic chairs, the intuitive Silq is surprisingly simple. A carbon fiber frame enables Silq t...
Tags: Books, London, Nendo, Sydney, Miami, Bentley, Alice, Tom Dixon, Dada, Steelcase, Louis Poulsen, Buzzispace, Poul Henningsen, Flavor Paper, Vincent Van Duysen, Davis Furniture


Best of Year 2018: Simple, Sleek, Surreal

It’s fair to say 2018 was marked by uncertainty—politically, socially, and morally. Designers and architects responded to modern life with varied antidotes. Some returned to simplicity. Others got sleek. And then there were those brave few that sought refuge in the strange. 1. Silq by Steelcase Silq is the first of the Simple designs I loved this past year. A wonderful alternative to ever-adjustable ergonomic chairs, the intuitive Silq is surprisingly simple. A carbon fiber frame enables Silq t...
Tags: Books, London, Nendo, Sydney, Miami, Bentley, Alice, Tom Dixon, Dada, Steelcase, Louis Poulsen, Buzzispace, Poul Henningsen, Flavor Paper, Vincent Van Duysen, Davis Furniture


New Directions: 11 Interiors Trends for 2019

Our annual interiors trend alert roundup for 2019: British Kitchen Makers Invasion Above: Last April, bespoke cupboard makers Plain English opened up shop in Greenwich Village, NY, and the slightly less pricey company deVol (shown above, the company’s Bloomsburg Dark Shaker Cabinets) is opening a showroom at 28 Bond Street in the NoHo district of Manhattan in early 2019. Fringe-Skirted Lounge Chairs Above: Spotted everywhere lately: fringe-trimmed lounge chairs; shown above is a pai...
Tags: Books, Milan, London, La, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Ikea, New Orleans, Manhattan, Lithuania, Provence, MichoacAn, Elizabeth Roberts, Dustin Aksland, NoHo, Peter Paul


On Shooting Gallery: Purdey & Sons

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Tags: London, Featured, Guns, United States, Verdana, Shooting Gallery, Outdoor Channel HD Click, ET Outdoor Channel, Purdey, James Purdey, Purdey & Sons


These Were Our Most Popular Instagram Posts of 2018

Moody kitchens, unexpected exteriors, brownstone bathrooms, these were a few of our most popular posts on the @remodelista Instagram feed in 2018. Today, on the first day of the new year, we’re taking a look back at some of your favorite images from 2018. What do you want to see on our feed in 2019? Drop us a line in the comments below, and be sure to check out our most popular posts on our sister sites Gardenista and The Organized Home. 1. Charleston, South Carolina, Dining Room ...
Tags: Books, London, Instagram, Jerusalem, House, Netherlands, Seattle, Malibu, Benjamin Moore, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Charleston, Moody, Provincetown, Design News, Farrow Ball


Haruki Murakami Day: Stream Seven Hours of Mixes Collecting All the Jazz, Classical & Classic American Pop Music from His Novels

What makes the novels of Haruki Murakami — originally written in Japanese and almost unfailingly filled with some odd but deeply characteristic mixture of cats, wells, parallel worlds, mysterious disappearing women with well-formed ears, and much else besides — so beloved around the world? A large part of it must have to do with Murakami's cultural references, sometimes Japanese but most often western, and even more so when it comes to music. "Almost without exception," writes The Week music cr...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, London, College, Georgia, Tokyo, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Brook Benton, Facebook Twitter, Murakami, Colin Marshall, Scott Meslow, Meslow, Miles Davis Glenn Gould


My Favorite Reads of 2018

If you read about my literary journey in 2017, you might not expect that this year could top it, but 2018 was a great year of reads for me. The number of books I read is my second all-time high score with a whopping 95 books. (The highest number of books I read was 101 books and that was well over 25 years ago.) It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ― Oscar WildeClick To Tweet This was my 7th year completing the GoodReads Rea...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, Japan, Usa, England, New York, London, Minnesota, Greece, Molly, Russia, US, Earth, Best, Features


Mystery and Crime Oppenheim, E Phillips: Ambrose Lavendale, Diplomat (1920), v1

An episodic novel of WW1, written as a serial in 1916 when the USA was yet to enter the War, and subsequently published as a book in 1920. Ambrose Lavendale is a US diplomat in London in 1916, heading off German spy threats to the USA as well as helping Britain as much as diplomatic convention will allow. Attached Files Ambrose Lavendale, Diplomat - E Phillips Oppenheim.epub (263.9 KB)
Tags: Books, Usa, London, US, Britain, ePub Books, Phillips, Phillips Oppenheim


Ikea Kitchen Upgrade: 11 Custom Cabinet Companies for the Ultimate Kitchen Hack

Love the price and functionality of Ikea kitchen components but not the cabinet front choices? An array of new companies is offering custom cabinet fronts to pair with Ikea’s kitchen systems. “Ikea cabinets are like building blocks,” says Finnish company A.S. Helsingö. “The quality is solid,” adds John McDonald, founder of SemiHandmade. “And we especially love their price; even with SemiHandmade doors, you’ll easily save 30 to 40 percent on the cost of a typical custom kitchen.” With the bones o...
Tags: Books, UK, London, La, Brooklyn, Netherlands, Ikea, Portland Oregon, FSC, Kitchens, Dunsmuir, Sandy, MDF, Blum, Sussex England, Lisa Jones


How ‘Mary Poppins’ came to be and child care today

A “Mary Poppins” sequel is now in theaters featuring a different spin on the magical nanny. Here’s a look at how the beloved franchise came to be and the modern world of child-care workers. The “Mary Poppins” stories were created by Helen Lyndon Goff, who wrote under the name P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers. She was born in 1899 in Australia and was a poet, journalist and Shakespearean actress before her move to London in 1924. The first “Mary Poppins” book was published in 1934 and Travers wrote...
Tags: Books, Business, New York, Texas, London, News, Children, Australia, California, Los Angeles, Infographic, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Walt Disney



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